Far better than what passes for pizza in the United States, this handy "plate" topped with tomatoes, a little bit of cheese, herbs, and various veggies is inspired by pizza I had near Portofino, on the Italian Riviera.
No one but the baker will know that extra-light olive oil replaces most of the butter in these intense fudge-like dessert bars.
Delicious just as they are, these baked bananas could be converted into a banana split by topping them with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt and a sprinkling of toasted almonds or walnuts.
Soy protein powder often comes slightly sweetened and sometimes in flavors, such as vanilla or chocolate. Although this recipe was created with an unflavored soy protein powder, you could certainly use a vanilla-flavored one.
Raspberries and chocolate have a natural affinity, but cherry jam or orange marmalade would work equally well here.
This flavorful tropical soup is equally delicious served warm, at room temperature, or well chilled.
Brussels sprouts, in addition to looking like mini heads of cabbage, are in the cabbage family, making them cruciferous vegetables. The earthy, cabbage-y flavor of sprouts is nicely complemented by chestnuts. If you’re not up for cooking and peeling chestnuts, look for cans of whole cooked chestnuts. Thyme is a sweet yet savory herbal underscore for the dish.
When buying clams, be sure that the shells are tightly closed. Serve the clams in bowls with crusty bread for sopping up the sauce. Or, if you like, remove the clams from their shells and toss with a bowl of spaghetti or linguine.
Bulgur (which is cracked wheat that’s been precooked with steam) is usually used to make a Middle Eastern salad called tabbouleh. Here, it’s the basis of a salad that includes corn, black beans, and smoky chipotle pepper sauce, giving it a distinctly New World slant. This hearty side dish could easily be converted to a main dish with the addition of 2 cups shredded cooked chicken or cooked shrimp, or 8 ounces of shredded fat-free mozzarella.
A Swiss doctor (named Bircher-Benner) who ran a diet clinic in Switzerland in the late 19th century, invented a breakfast dish that included oats, chopped apples, and soured cream. A packaged version of the original Bircher-müesli mix has been marketed for years (and is still a tradition in Switzerland), and usually contains dried fruit instead of the fresh fruit in the original. For our müesli, we’ve chosen high-fiber figs and dates, as well as heart-smart sunflower seeds.